Synopsis: Dheepan is a Tamil freedom fighter, a Tiger. In Sri Lanka, the Civil War is reaching its end, and defeat is near. Dheepan decides to flee, taking with him two strangers - a woman and a little girl - hoping that they will make it easier for him to claim asylum in Europe. Arriving in Paris, the 'family' moves from one temporary home to another until Dheepan finds work as the caretaker of a run-down housing block in the suburbs. He works to build a new life and a real home for his 'wife' and his 'daughter', but the daily violence he confronts quickly reopens his war wounds, and Dheepan is forced to reconnect with his warrior's instincts to protect the people he hopes will become his true family.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Jacques Audiard
Production: Sundance Selects
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

Are those your children?


- Do you any parents?

- Yes, over there.

Is this your daughter?

Do you have a mother?

Is she your daughter?

Don't you have a tent?

Do you know anybody here?

Are those your children?

Those two, yes.

She's my niece.

Where's her mother?

She died.

Don't cry and don't say anything.

She's my daughter, she's nine.

It's my daughter.

She's nine.

What do you think?

How old are you?

- 26 years old.

- No, your real age!

26 years old.

You don't look like the photograph.

Gather your hair.

And lose some weight.

Natarajan Dheepan, was 35 years old.

His wife, Yalini, was 24.

His daughter, Illayaal, was 9.

They died 6 months ago.

Now, you are this family.

Is she really your daughter?

Is she a relative?

Do you know her?

No. Why?

Are you going to leave us here?

No, but you'll be in charge.

Do you understand?

Where do we take the plane?

In Madras.

Where are we going?


We're not going to England.

Where then?


The first group, move forward!

Hurry up, first boat!

The others, second boat!


Hurry up!

Cheap, two euros.

Good evening.

Two euros.

You can't be here.

Move on.

Good evening, madam.

Two euros.



Two euros.

Key chains.

Two euros, madam.

Dheepan, cops!

Let's go, quickly!

Shit, I can't make it.

Get up.

Have any money?

In my jacket.

Close the shutters.

Nine. Years.

Nine years.

Nine years.

First floor, sir.

The Mouradia family.

The Natarajan family.

The Natarajan family?

The Moussayef family.

Go away, we need to talk.

It's not going to work.

They'll realize we are lying.

What you propose?

I'm tired of waiting.

I'll go to England, to my cousin.

With the girl?

Why should I take her?

You found her, you keep her.

Can you tell me why and how

you left Sri Lanka?

I was working for an NGO.

I was a journalist and peace


The Sri Lankan government

accused me of...

I know your story.

The one about you being

a peace activist.

Was it your coyote that fed you

that story?

Which group did you fight for

during the war?

What about you?

What's happening?

Can you please translate?

It's a little confusing,

I don't understand very well.

What's your real name?


What does Sivadhasan mean?

It's the name of a town

north of Sri Lanka.

I thought you were dead.

Is your family still there?

They're all dead.

What do I say to him?

Say that the Tigers recruited

you by force,

that the Sri Lanka army

captured and tortured you

and that they tried to kill you.

The army was searching for me.

They tortured me and tried

to kill me.

The army captured him, they accused

him to have fought for the Tigers

- and they tortured him.

- All right.

How old is the girl?

Are you sure this is the right train?

What does Le Pr mean?

Le Pr, what does it mean?

It's where we'll live.

What does it mean?

Meadow, pastures.

The employment agency told me you

were going to arrive much later.

I haven't opened the apartment yet.

My name is Youssouf.

I will see to it that you

get electricity.

Hey, this way!

Come, I'll show you the apartment.

Will I have my own bedroom?

The faucet for hot and cold

water are reversed.

I don't know.

We'll see about it later.

But it doesn't matter.

You'll need some drapes.

Is this all you have?

No furniture?

Maybe you'll find

some in the basement.

Is anybody there?

Over here, it's housekeeping.

Your job.

People come to get their mail here.

We can't use the mailboxes

because of stealing.

You'll have to sort the mail.

All right? Do you understand, yes?

You'll have to sort everything,

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Jacques Audiard

Jacques Audiard (French: [ʒak odjaʁ]; born 30 April 1952) is a French film director and screenwriter. He is the son of Michel Audiard, also a screenwriter and film director. He has won both the César Award for Best Film and the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language twice, in 2005 for The Beat That My Heart Skipped and in 2010 for A Prophet, as well as winning the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. His 2012 film Rust and Bone, competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language, for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won the BFI London Film Festival Award for Best Film. His 2015 film Dheepan won the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. more…

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